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2012 Season Races

April 4, 2012 Leave a comment

Having signed up for another race yesterday I thought it a good idea to make a note of my calendar for the 2012 season, I’ll hopefully follow up this post with another outlining my targets for each event.

Norwich Triathlon Olympic distance, Norwich, on July 1st.
More details.

National Club Relay Championships, Nottingham, on 25th and 26th August.
More details.

Waveney 2 Triathlon super sprint, Bungay, September 9th.
More details.

Fritton Viking half Ironman, Fritton, on September 23rd.
More details.

Additionally, I’ll hope to take part in the Broadsman which is the clubs unoffical half Ironman race, I’m not sure when this will be although it is toward the end of the year.

I also hope to try the local 10 mile time trial which runs on a weekday evening from Ketteringham and maybe try my hand at a race at the Lotus test track (time and resources pending!).

I’ll flesh this out with further details soon and also with my targets…

Swim Training: Part 1

January 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Having had a long break from swimming I thought it time to start training again given that it is my weakest discipline.

Each lap is 100m, my warm-up lap is also front crawl.

My session today was a bit rubbish as the pool was really busy and in both roped off lanes there were people doing breast stroke so it didn’t look promising. Lap 07 was particularly bad as I was stuck with three people in the lane making it impossible to get into a decent rhythm or overtake them. Lap times:

Lap 01: 02:11.17 – Warm-up.
Lap 02: 02:36.20
Lap 03: 02:44.87
Lap 04: 02:42.67
Lap 05: 02:25.42
Lap 06: 02:41.22
Lap 07: 02:56.97
Lap 08: 02:29.61

Swim Session 13012012

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My previous session was a lot better in that the pool was quieter, although I forgot to hit the lap button so lap 7 includes extra two lengths! Here are my lap times:

Lap 01: 02:41.00 – Warm-up.
Lap 02: 02:26.8
Lap 03: 02:23.5
Lap 04: 02:41.50
Lap 05: 02:51.70
Lap 06: 02:32.47
Lap 07: 02:41.72
Lap 08: 02:32.37
Lap 09: 02:46.47
Lap 10: 02:43.02
Lap 11: 02:45.93
Lap 12: 03:56.27
Lap 13: 02:42.62
Swim Session 06012012

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Garmin Forerunner 310XT Product Review

October 28, 2011 2 comments

Link: Garmin Forerunner 310XT from BHIP Ltd.

The 310XT is a great multi-sport device designed for runners, cyclists and swimmers but most importantly, in my opinion, triathletes!

Garmin Forerunner 310XT

Garmin Forerunner 310XT

This is the first Garmin unit which actually feels as comfortable in the water as the user and is water resistant to 50m.

The unit records a whole load of data including pace, speed, distance, elevation, heart rate, cadence and more.

The optional heart rate chest strap, foot pod and bike cadence/speed sensors provide the numbers.

Strictly speaking, the HR chest strap isn’t necessary although I think you’d be missing out on some of the great features available such as heart rate zone training. Also, being able to monitor your HR while training, and indeed, use the HR zones is very helpful to ensure you meet your training objectives.

The GPS function can take care of speed, pace and distance etc if you do not want to shell out for the extra bike and foot sensors.

To record cadence (foot strike) when running you’ll need the foot pod and for cadence on the bike, the bike sensor is required. The bike sensor also provides backup in case satellite connection is lost – not that has ever happened when I’ve been out.

Additionally, the foot pod and bike sensor come in hand if you want to record data from treadmill runs and turbo sessions.

You can set alerts for speed, pace, cadence and heart rate (as mentioned earlier). These can cause the unit to vibrate so you can feel that you need to pick up the pace etc rather than having to keep an eye on the display.

Another nice touch for use in the water is that you can set a countdown to start the timer and also there is a setting that kind of takes into consideration the GPS signal during the swim. If you stow the watch under your swim hat then you should have a decent signal, however, if worn on the wrist then the signal will be sporadic at best as the unit will be in
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and out of the water all the time.

The display is very configurable, depending on the sport selected you can choose pretty much what you want to see. So, if you find while running that you want to see current pace, distance and heart rate, you can set it up to show that.

Virtual training partner allows you to set the average pace that you want to train at and the unit displays your progress in comparison. It shows you how many metres and seconds (or minutes) you are ahead or behind of your virtual partner based on the pace you set.

You can sign up to Garmin Connect – a great website that takes all your data and displays it as valuable information along with a Google map of your route which also allows you to “replay” the session or race.

The 310XT makes use of ANT+ technology which allows for seamless transmission of data from the unit to the computer and via the supplied USB dongle. Providing there is an internet connection, the data will be directly upload to Garmin Connect.

Overall – I really like the 310XT, it comes packed with pretty much all you could want. Having owned the Polar RS800CX I think I prefer the Garmin unit for sports use. One difference between the two units is that you could actually wear the Polar as a watch day to day. During the swim, the Garmin will not record the heart rate as the signal does not transfer through the water, this is also the case with the Polar.

Rating: 9/10.

Images are copyright and courtesy of BHIP Ltd.

Whitlingham listed as Olympic Triathlon Training Camp

September 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Whitlingham Outdoor Education Centre has been included in the London 2012 Pre-Games Training Camp Guide as a prospective triathlon facility. I know this may be old news for some of you but I’ve only just happened across it now.

There are over 600 facilities across the UK listed out of which 20 are listed for triathlon training camps. Whitlingham are the only triathlon facility in the East of England.

The facilities had to meet strict criteria before they were accepted such as high quality training facilities, accommodation, catering, transport links amongst others. With the publication of the guide facilities are able to market themselves directly to the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and National Paralympic Committees NPCs). There are also financial awards available to NOCs and NPCs for their teams and individuals to train in the UK.

I really hope that Whitlingham manage to get some international teams/individuals in as it would be recognition of the quality of facilities available here and also for the local economy. Perhaps it would encourage other triathletes to train here in the future and maybe even host some bigger competitions?

Good luck Whitlingham!

Full list of triathlon training facilites.
Offical news of training camps (London 2012 website).

Open Water Training

June 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Another session in the lake this evening – lovely hot, sunny day so a quick dip in the water was very welcome!

We started with a swim out to the first bouy and back to the deck (anywhere between 100m and 200m depending on who you listen to!), we then went out to the second and back which is around 750m. Both swims I started near the back of the group and on the second Rob from the club swam with me which was cool as he gave me some advice on the way back, that I should try not kicking my legs.

When we got back to the deck we had a quick chat and he said I might be wasting energy kicking and also I should try turning my body on it’s axis to help with breathing. I went out to the first bouy and back trying to stick to the advice, I certainly felt quicker on the way back.

Although the second bouy and back took me 17 minutes I know I can do better as I am holding back so come Wednesday I will go for a harder swim and see what time I get and how I feel afterward.

Wednesday evening will be my last open water session before the Norwich Tri on the 4th July.

Thanks to the friendly words of encouragement and advice from those at Tri-Anglia I am actually feeling a bit of confidence – not over confident though!!